Familiar Faces in New Places

This is more of a Sasha thing, but I’ve noticed a few ladies who switched teams earlier this year, and thought I’d give them a little acknowledgment.

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Philadelphia Wings Angel Kacey is now on the New York Jets Flight Crew

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Baltimore Blast Cheerleader Kate is now a Gotham City Cheerleader

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Miami Dolphins Cheerleader (and Miss Pennsylvania USA) LauRen is now a Charlotte Lady Cat

Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader Demi is now on a Minnesota Timberwolves Dancer

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Baltimore Blast Cheerleader Jonique is now a Washington Wizards Girl

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Philadelphia Soulmate Kristina is now a member of the Gotham City Cheerleaders Ref Squad

If you know someone else who switched teams, let us know.

Photo of the Day – August 20


An Orlando Predators Prowler

SI.com: 2013 AFL Dream Team

Click here for photos of this year’s Dream Team at ArenaBowl XXVI last Saturday!

Arena Football Is Coming Back to Southern California

So I guess we’re getting an AFL in near Los Angeles. You know what that means. They’ll need a dance team. And that dance team will need a Director. I’m not going to jump up and down as of yet. Those of us who live in Southern California hear “guess what, we’re getting a new team!” every five minutes. (If I had a dollar for every new team allegedly coming to LA, I could buy Slurpees for everybody in the room.) However, I will keep my ear to the ground for details and share as I acquire them.

Mr. Gene Simmons, if you’re jerking my chain, I’ll make you the sorriest person there ever was.
That’s all.

Arena Football League, KISS Bring Pro Football Back to Los Angeles
Expansion “LA KISS” to begin play in 2014
ArenaFootball.com
Aug 15, 2013

ORLANDO – After a five-year hiatus, professional football will be returning to one of the largest and most exciting media markets in the country, Los Angeles. Announced today at ArenaBowl XXVI Media Day, rock legends KISS, Arena Football League (AFL) veteran Brett Bouchy, Doc McGhee (McGhee Entertainment) and AFL Commissioner Jerry B. Kurz are bringing the high-octane entertainment of Arena Football back to Los Angeles with a new expansion team, the LA KISS (www.lakissfootball.com).

“Season tickets are now on sale for what we know will be some of the most action-packed games ever played at the Honda Center,” said Paul Stanley of KISS. “Arena Football is played at a fast and furious pace and making season tickets available now for the budget-friendly price of $99 gives a whole new meaning to bang for the buck.” Additionally, all inaugural LA KISS season seat holders will be invited to a free KISS concert to take place at Honda Center in 2014! (www.hondacenter.com/lakiss)

“As a fast-paced, high-action band this partnership with the AFL was an obvious fit for us,” said Gene Simmons of KISS. “With Arena Football, you are much closer to the action – sitting in the front row is like putting a folding chair on the hash mark of an NFL game – and it’s one of the only sports where you can experience this level of intensity. Attending an LA KISS game in 2014 will be similar to a live KISS show, with thrilling, heart pounding action.”

The AFL (www.arenafootball.com), which is dedicated to playing and promoting in-arena professional football around the world, will mark its 27th season in 2014. With primetime TV broadcasts on CBS Sports Network every Saturday, and more than 150,000 fan connections each week, the League is poised to expand into homes across the country like never before. This new alliance with KISS will further strengthen the League’s bond within the expansive U.S. entertainment and sports industries. The ArenaBowl XXVI Championship game kicks off Saturday, August 17 at 1pm EST / 10am PST and will air nationally on the CBS Television Network. The broadcast will feature a KISS halftime show on their new “spider stage.”

Honda Center has partnered alongside the band and the team to provide a home for the sport and its newest expansion team. As a world-class sports and entertainment venue, which has consistently ranked among the top in the country, this Orange County arena will serve as the hub for Arena Football fans in the greater Los Angeles area and help the league engage with the more than 22 million people who call Southern California home.

“As the most fast-paced, exciting League in professional sports, the AFL has always been about providing the best form of entertainment to fans directly in their hometowns,” said AFL Commissioner Jerry B. Kurz. “We could not be more thrilled to bring the league back to Los Angeles, and partnering with such incredible rock legends as KISS is certain to give fans a sports experience unlike anything they have ever seen.”

As the founding members of KISS, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have a vested interest in bringing football back to Los Angeles, a market that has always proved fanatical for both music and football. Both Paul and Gene are fans of the AFL and are excited to lend their own unique brand of non-stop action to games in Los Angeles that will blow fans away!

“This is a great business venture for KISS. They are lending their name to a sport which is destined for big things this year. It’s fantastic to have a team named after the band and it is a privilege to be able to support LA and bring the experience home,” stated KISS Manager Doc McGhee of McGhee entertainment, who worked to facilitate the partnership.

“With a global brand in KISS, an ownership group dedicated to showcasing a fast-paced and exciting sport and a world-class venue hosting the action – three great entertainment properties are converging with the overall goal of producing an unparalleled AFL experience for fans,” added Tim Ryan, CEO/President of The Honda Center. “This partnership marks a new era for the unification of sports and music.”

In celebration of this announcement, and ArenaBowl XXVI, a three-day celebration will kick-off tonight with the annual AFL Celebrity Gala followed by a LIVE concert Friday night, featuring none-other than KISS! The ArenaBowl XXVI Championship game kicks off Saturday, August 17 at 1 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PT and will air nationally on the CBS Television Network. The broadcast will include highlights from KISS’ Friday night performance.

For more information on the LA KISS, or to purchase season tickets, please visit www.lakissfootball.com.

Arena Bowl XXVI Dream Team

The Arena Bowl is today. The Arizona Rattlers vs. The Philadelphia Soul. And these are the best of the best, representing their squads this weekend in Orlando.

Brittany D. – Arizona Rattlers Sidewinders

Nicole B. – Chicago Adrenaline Rush Dancers

Halle M. – Cleveland Gladiators Goddesses

Chelsea J. – Iowa – Barnstormers Storm Chasers

Amanda M. – Jacksonville Sharks Attack Dance Team

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Brittany W. – New Orleans VooDoo Dolls

Sara R. – Orlando Predators Prowlers

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Christina D. – Philadelphia Soulmates

Kim S. – Pittsburgh Power Sparks Dance Team

Shauntelle B. – San Antonio Talons Sky Dancers

Alix B. – San Jose SaberKittens

Alexis S. – Spokane Shock Dance Team

Stephanie C. – Tampa Bay Storm Cheerleaders


Teineiti H. – Utah Blaze Dancers

Christina is the Dream Team Soulmate

The Philadelphia Soul’s Arena Bowl Dream Team Representative is three-year vet and Captain Christina.

Christina is a graduate of Lehigh University where she was Captain of their dance team. She know works for a big money center bank helping mega-wealthy clients manage their funds.

Christina is also a former Philadelphia KiXX Dancer.

[Christina at PhiladelphiaSoul.com]

Photo of the Day – August 13


Jacksonville Sharks Attack Dance Team

Philadelphia Soulmates Season Finale

Last Saturday the Philadelphia Soul played their last home game of the season.

The Soulmates took this game as an a last opportunity to…

Document the game day experience…

Give some good-bye hugs…

And just be plain silly.

Some will hang up their poms, some will move on to other teams, but we hope to see many of them when auditions roll around is less than three months.

[Soulmates Gallery]

Photo of the Day – August 5


Saturday night – Maurisa of the Philadelphia Soulmates

SI.com: Sidewinder Action

Sports Illustrated has a great set of photos of this year’s AFL Arizona Rattlers Sidewinders dance team. Click here to see the team in action at US Airways Center!

Shauntelle is the Talons Sky Dancers Dream Team Representative

Photo: morethanphoto.com by Alfredo Vazquez

She’ll be in Orlando for Arena Bowl XXVI later this month with 13 other dancers from around the AFL.

[San Antonio Talons Sky Dancers]

New Orleans VooDoo Dolls

Most teams have pretty straight forward names: Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders, Denver Nuggets Dancers, New York Islanders Ice Girls.

And there are the variations with a feminine suffix: Oakland Raiderettes, Seattle Sea Gals.

The sometimes squads try to get cute. Most of the time it works: Buffalo Jills, Philadelphia Soulmates, SF 49ers Gold Rush.

But sometimes it fails miserably: I am looking at you late-70s to mid-80s Los Angeles Rams Embraceable Ewes!

And then there is my all-time favorite name for a dance or cheer squad: The New Orleans VooDoo Dolls!

The name fits with the city, the history and their rabid fans.

Quick change artists! The VooDoo Dolls wore four different outfits this game.

The VooDoo Dolls Brain Trust: Director Jasmine Martijn, Trainer Toni B, and Jasmine’s assistant Nicole Norman

Jasmine was an original VooDoo Doll and represented her squad at Arena Bowl XXIV. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina she relocated to Atlanta and cheered for the Georgia Force for two years. Nicole cheered for the New Orleans Saintations and danced for the New Orleans Hornets Honeybees.

And both Jasmine and Nicole got engaged in the last month or so. Congratulations, Ladies!

Toni B, who helps keep the Dolls in such great shape, is a fitness competitor and also the owner of Toni’B’s Avid Center.

[Toni B’s Avid Center]

This was the last home game of the season. Here Jasmine, and VooDoo co-owner Mary Ann Newman honor Arena Bowl XXVI Dream Team representative Brittany.

 

Brittany signing the National Anthem.

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Bonus photo: Long time friend of UC Billie O’Hara. Billie was an Orlando Magic Dancer, the Director of Cheerleading for the UFL and she also ran the AFL Orlando Predators Prowlers. Her husband is the head coach of the VooDoo, so she comes to all the home games.

[VooDoo Dolls Gallery]

[New Orleans VooDoo Dolls]

Philadelphia Soulmates Alumni Game

For the Philadelphia Soul’s final regular season home game, former Soulmates were invited to perform at half-time. The half-time routine was choreographed by original Soulmate Director and Choreographer Marla Viturello.


Current and former Soulmates in the tunnel.

Last year’s Dream Team Rep AJ with this year’s Dream Team Rep, Christina.

Soulmates from the first season after the hiatus.

Alumni on the field

Soulmates from the first season after the hiatus.


Alumni

[Soulmates Gallery]

[Philadelphia Soulmates]

Kim is the Dream Team Representative for the Sparks Dance Team

Congrats to Kim who will represent the Pittsburgh Power Sparks Dance Team next month in Orlando at Arena Bowl XXVI.

 

 

[Pittsburgh Power Sparks Dance Team]

Tampa Storm Cheerleader Stephanie Named To ArenaBowl XXVI Dream Team


Stephanie is a 2013 Co-Captain


Stephanie’s BA degree is in Interior Design.


The ArenaBowl is in Orlando this year and Stephanie’s teammates will be there to cheer her on.

[Stephanie at TampaBayStorm.com]